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  • Understanding The Hidden Dangers Of An Unbalanced pH: A Breakdown

    Humans were created with very specific systems to maintain the body's overall survival. When it comes down to the human body and the regulation of the blood (and the pH of other bodily fluids) there are certain mechanisms and systems already in motion. These systems do anything and everything to make sure the acid in the body is regulated. Most conventional "experts" advise their patients to pay no attention to blood pH because typically, food cannot change the pH of blood as easily as most people may think. This information is slightly misleading and I will tell you why. The built-in mechanism corrects your blood when you eat acidic foods. It pulls alkaline minerals from your bones and muscles to neutralize the acid and stabilize your body's overall pH. The purpose of the Alkaline Diet is to prevent your body from having to over-correct the disorderly irregulation. The more we introduce alkaline-forming foods into our diet, the less work the liver and kidneys have to do, thus allowing the body to effortlessly thrive. When this self-correcting mechanism is in overdrive it can cause loss of energy, vision loss, bone loss, muscle loss, and heart issues. You may have heard the words, "Alkaline" or "pH" once or twice before--"pH" refers to the "potential hydrogen" in a substance, it is a measure of hydrogen ion concentration, and is a scale of acidity from 0-14, explaining how acidic or alkaline a substance is. pH less than 7 are acidic, while those with a pH greater than 7 are alkaline. The higher the pH, the more alkaline a substance will be. If a substance is not too acidic or too alkaline, it is considered to be "neutral", with a pH of 7. When a constituent is "alkaline", this just means it simply has the properties of an alkali; contains alkali; or has a pH of 7 or greater. Why is pH important to the body? Well, if the blood pH does not remain at about 7.365, you will die. Alkali is a water-soluble base; it is a chemical compound that neutralizes acids. Hydrogen is a chemical element with a symbol "H" and atomic number 1. It is the most abundant chemical in the universe. The most common form of hydrogen (H1) has one proton in the nucleus and one electron orbiting around it. Water, as we hopefully already know, is essential for all sustained life. Every single water molecule has two atoms of hydrogen for every one atom of oxygen. Hydrogen is also essential for DNA-- the helix structures are held together by hydrogen bonds. Without these bonds gluing the molecules arms together, there would be no double helix and then, no life. I mention hydrogen because without it, we would not have water and without water we would not have life or the ability to understand pH in the first place. Water fuels 60% of the adult body and some living organisms are 90% water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs about 83% water, the skin 64%, muscles and kidneys 79%, and bones are 31% water! The average adult male needs around 3.3 liters of water per day, while the average adult female needs about 2.2 liters per day. (2) Water regulates our body temperature, it transports metabolized carbohydrates and proteins through the bloodstream, it assists the body in waste elimination (mostly through urination but is also vital for elimination of stool), it forms saliva, and it lubricates the joints. H2O is the baseline when discussing a substance and its pH. The pH level of water measures how acidic it is and naturally has a pH of 7.4. Drinking water with extracted mineral, eating acidic foods, and taking drugs can temporarily take the body out of balance. It is extremely important to understand the impact of hydrogen, water, and pH have on human organs and what it means to "balance your pH levels" or "alkalize your pH". Two main medical conditions illustrating the overwhelming imbalance of acid and base in the blood are called acidosis and alkalosis. (3) Normal bodily functions and metabolism generate large quantities of acids that must be neutralized and/or eliminated to maintain blood pH balance. So, yes, it is possible to have "too much base." (pun intended) The lungs and kidneys are major organs involved in regulating blood pH. The lungs can either blow off excess acid through the exhalation of CO2 to compensate for metabolic acidosis, or to a lesser extent, hold on to acid through CO2 to compensate for metabolic alkalosis. When a person experiences acidosis, their blood pH falls below 7.35 and it can be caused by: Increased acid production in the body Increased excretion of base (alkali) Decreased acid production Consumption of substances that are metabolized to acids On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, alkalosis occurs when blood pH rises above 7.45 and this can be caused by: Electrolyte disturbance (vomiting until severely dehydrated) Hyperventilation Over-consumption of base (alkali) Ultimately, any disease or condition affecting the lungs, kidneys, breathing, or metabolism has increased potential to cause acidosis or alkalosis. However, the imbalance can be reversed or restored by increasing elimination or by decreasing the flow. This leads me to my next topic of discussion--The misconception that different types of food can have an affect on the blood pH. Human blood is regulated by an acid-base homeostasis mechanism that ensures prevention of acidosis and alkalosis. Acid-base homeostasis is basically the process our bodies go through to maintain a constant pH level in the blood. When the lines of defense are tampered with by constituents or components of acidic or alkaline substances, malfunctions tend to occur. Acid-base homeostasis doesn't necessarily correct the pH but it merely serves to protect you in the case that your kidneys or lungs become overwhelmed with imbalance. These three lines of defense are bicarbonate, protein, and phosphate buffer systems. Bicarbonate ion and carbon dioxide serve to support your metabolic function. (4) Protein hemoglobin serves as a super awesome buffer because it binds to small amounts of acid in the blood, assisting in acidic elimination before the blood pH is even affected. Isn't that amazing? Are you still with me? When the pH of the body becomes disrupted, the compensatory measures react to stabilize the acidic content. The most commonly addressed acidic imbalance is metabolic acidosis, in which the body accumulates too much acid. There are over 200,000 cases per year and it is temporary and curable within a few weeks. Risk factors of metabolic acidosis include: Kidney failure Obesity Diabetes A high-fat diet low in carbohydrates Dehydration Aspirin or methanol poisoning There are several types of metabolic acidosis: Diabetic Acidosis (aka ketoacidosis), develops when acidic substances called "ketone bodies" build up during uncontrolled diabetes. Hyperchloremic Acidosis, caused by the loss of too much sodium bicarbonate, which can happen with diarrhea. Kidney disease (distal renal tubular acidosis and proximal renal tubular acidosis), associated with mutations in the basolateral sodium-bicarbonate cotransporter (NBCe1) and most commonly induced by drugs (6) Poisoning by aspirin, ethylene glycol (found in antifreeze), or methanol Severe dehydration Lactic Acidosis, refers to the build-up of lactic acid. Lactic acid is mainly produced in muscle cells and red blood cells. It forms when the body breaks down carbohydrates to use for energy when oxygen levels are low. This can be caused by: Cancer Drinking too much alcohol Vigorous exercise over a prolonged period of time Liver failure Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) Medications (salicylates/metformin) MELAS (very rare, genetic, mitochondrial disorder that affects energy production) Prolonged lack of oxygen from shock, heart failure, severe anemia Seizures Sepsis, a severe illness due to infection with bacteria or other germs Carbon monoxide poisoning Severe asthma Respiratory acidosis, develops when there is too much carbon dioxide (an acid) in the body; it occurs when the body is unable to remove enough carbon dioxide through breathing. Causes include: Chest deformities (kyphosis) Chest injuries Chest muscle weakness Long-term chronic lung disease Neuromuscular disorders (muscular dystrophy) Overuse of sedative drugs (barbiturates, anti-anxiety, anti-depressants, zolpidem, eszopiclone, Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Valium, etc,.) When discussing acidosis caused by diet, make sure to understand that it is about the acid/base changes caused by the components of the foods, not the food or beverages themselves. The body is subjected to excess acidic pressure by diet, beverages, drugs, and a disrupted metabolism. Primary sources of acidity in the common Western diets are sulfur-containing amino acids, salt, and phosphoric acids in soft drinks. Salt, (NaCl) is typically neutral in pH but research has shown it to account for 50% of the net acidity of the average American diet. (6) In more recent studies, research has shown dramatic clinical benefit throughout diet and alkalinizing supplements. (7) There are ways to combat this disruption-- A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, low in animal protein and sodium chloride actually has proven to reduce acid load and is associated with greater bone density. (8) (9) (10) Acidic foods are more than likely to be devoid of all vital nutrients, super unhealthy, sugary foods, trans-fats, processed and refined foods; foods that contribute absolutely nothing beneficial to the human body. The standard Western diet consists of yeasts, sugars, trans-fats, fast-foods, pizzas, chips, and chocolate. As this damaging diet piles on top of those aforementioned buffering systems, the body goes into shock, trying to keep the blood pH and acidic level of other fluids at a slightly alkaline pH of 7.365. It is basically the buffering system's rescue attempt at maintaining acidic stability. Calcium is extracted from bones, magnesium is pulled from the muscle, the digestive system becomes overgrown with yeasts and other bacteria causing the intestines to become clogged, then leading to further health issues. The summary is to eat alkaline foods to support your body's efforts to keep your pH at 7.365 so your organs do not shut down. Note that an alkaline diet is not aiming to change the blood pH, but to support in maintaining it because no matter what you do, your body is ALWAYS going to be slightly alkaline. If and when the blood pH falls out of it's normal range, then acidosis and alkalosis occur; both are extremely serious, can be fatal if left untreated, and are only escalated by disease. By continuing the vicious cycle of acidic food consumption, you give way to further organ damage. The alkalinizing food you eat helps maintain your health by preventing harmful disease so your body does not have to work so hard to neutralize the damage. No food will ever disrupt your blood pH level but extensive, fatal disease can. Acidic over-consumption over a prolonged period of time causes disease which has the potential to then affect your blood. Can you see the full circle here? The misconceptions with the claims behind the Alkaline Diet in terms of altering blood pH are inaccurate but the Alkaline Diet alone has been clinically proven to prevent disease because it is primarily built upon the foundation of consumption of whole and unprocessed foods. The next time someone tries to tell you that you can change your blood pH with food, you will have some information stored for accurate feedback! For more information on acid-base balance, click here. If you are interested in tips for eliminating acidic foods, click here.

  • How Cheating Destroys Your Mental And Physical Health

    What does the word "Cheat" mean to you? What five words come to mind when you sit and think of the word and its true meaning? I think of words along the lines of hide, dishonesty, lie, deceit/deception, and stray. Upon searching for other representations of the meaning of "Cheating", I came across a variety of concepts: "Violating a person's expectation about what is appropriate." "A feeling of betrayal." "A physical affair where two people engage in sexual activity outside of their primary relationship." "Emotional cheating, where a person shares intimate details about their life or marriage with someone they're attracted to, or have some attachment to." "Having secrets." "E-cheating, when a person (in a relationship) seeks a connection from people they meet or reconnect with over social networks, dating sites, e-mail, or texting." What do all of these examples have in common? They all have some sort of negative connotation attached to the tail-end of their true meaning. Take a moment and try to remember a time in your life when you were told cheating was okay. How did you feel? Now take that idea and flip the formula and plug some new details into the equation. What if I substituted bits and pieces of the first example: "Violating a person's expectations about what is appropriate." Let's say, for the sake of the example, that I'm currently in the process of creating a new lifestyle change. I frequent a gym, pay for a personal fitness coach/trainer, and follow strict guidelines in order to truly begin my transition. I've been working extremely hard at losing weight and keeping my mind and bodily health in alignment with one another. All of a sudden, my fitness coach/trainer suggests I have one "Cheat-Day" a week to "maintain my sanity". Basically, he is suggesting that since I have been following such strict and rigorous rules, I need to let loose one day a week in order to stick to my diet. He is suggesting the diet is producing some sort of negative effect, therefore, offering me one "out" a week. Okay, let's pause here--- how utterly insane does all of this sound? When a person makes the conscious effort and decision to stay away from toxic, high-fat, sugar-filled food for the sole purpose of bettering their health, what makes a "cheat-day" necessary? Did you know just one day of binge-eating can impair your body's glycemic index and reduce insulin sensitivity? This impairment will take place once a week for however long a person allows their body to have "cheat-days" consisting of harmful, indulgent foods. A study conducted by Dr. Carl Hulston at Loughborough University states, "Sustained over-production of insulin --by the pancreas-- can lead to pancreatic dysfunction and inability to produce insulin when it is needed." (2) Our brain is one of the most complex muscles in the human body and is dependent on glucose as it's main fuel source. However, too much glucose can be toxic. Diabetes is a perfect example of high blood glucose levels over a prolonged period of time. (3) Type 1 Diabetes is a disease in which the immune system destroys cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone used to keep blood glucose levels in check. (4) So now that you're beginning to understand how excess amounts of sugar/high-fat consumption in short and long periods of time effect your organs, let's discuss why some fitness coaches and personal trainers suggest their clients go against their fitness goals every week. Here are two popular misconceptions for this widespread epidemic: "Cheat-days help boost metabolism and leptin production which slow down your restricting calories." "Having a 'cheat-day' helps dieters stick to their weight-loss goals." The general concept: When you eat less, your metabolism slows down to “conserve” energy. When you eat more, it speeds up to digest and use that fuel. This, in theory, should allow you to stick to your strict diet for the remainder of your week. (5) But does this concept really allow a person to truly stick to their diet while going against it at the same time? The idea that eating shitty food is going to trick your body into thinking you're helping yourself, is the same idea behind cheating on a test in high hopes you will somehow pass the next test. You're not cramming your body with nourishing food, you are instead, deceiving your body in numerous ways. It's not going to last. At some point your organs are going to vent to one another about how badly you've been treating them behind their backs, and as a result, you're going to deplete the optimum function of the only organs you were born with. Your brain is not going to catch your fall when you fail your next test because you chose not to study. A smoker who has finally kicked their nasty habit is not giving themselves any benefit from taking just one last drag. Most people justify this behavior by saying, "Just live a little!!", as if the effects of one cheat-day are going to somehow seamlessly fly under the body's radar. Are you catching my drift here? Cheating on yourself and your beliefs in hopes of maintaining your physical and mental health is the opposite of a proactive approach toward personal growth. You're hurting yourself more than you realize. When a person chooses to incorporate one day a week to completely neglect their beliefs, passions, and the habits they have worked so hard to change, they are telling themselves this approach is acceptable. Our brains are wired to make logical and illogical decisions; loss aversion refers to our tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses over acquiring gains. Therefore, upon making health choices, sometimes we forget about how easy it is to turn the bad habits off and how easy it is to turn good habits on. Upon a typical day of cheating, one may go through feelings of strict deprivation, over indulgence, and then guilt, maybe not in that exact order but those feelings are felt at some point in the process. According to the specific details plugged into the cheating formula, these feelings are the baseline when it comes to deceiving yourself---the formula is universal. When a person cheats on their spouse, they usually feel deprived of love or attention. They then justify this feeling of absence and deprivation by over-indulging in explicit behavior with someone outside of their relationship. Afterward, they may be overwhelmed with feelings of extreme guilt and play it all out in a handful of ways. Some may try to cover their tracks, attempt to hide the truth, or ultimately break down and do something else unexpected. In the end, did they help their situation by cheating? Probably not. The likelihood of a destroyed relationship is genuinely high. A similar reaction happens when a person cheats on their diet or fitness plan. They feel deprived of certain foods all week and when the weekend circles back around they overindulge themselves in trash-food, waking up the next day feeling guilty for having gone against the progress they have made. "Many people think that to benefit from something they have to go all in. The problem with this is for most people, the opposite if going all in is going all out. Going all out is about much more than the extra calories consumed. Going all out can lead to some pretty destructive eating behaviors and habits. Behaviors and habits that can be really hard to break, like eating until you are absolutely stuffed, or eating anything in front of you simply because its there. It's akin to losing $1.00 out of your wallet and throwing the entire thing in the garbage." (6) The trick to avoiding "Cheat-Day" disasters is to force yourself to become aware of the types of food you consume and take note of how your body processes those food choices. Sure, you might not see any immediate weight gain but you're slowly training your brain to notice these habit-forming behaviors as positive, resulting in a self-destructive, vicious cycle of confusion. The takeaway is simply to refrain from dieting at all costs. You should not have to justify ignoring your goals and going against your progress to lose weight. The key to keeping the weight off is to incorporate a permanent, healthy lifestyle change that way you won't need to have a "Cheat-Day". You will never again have to worry about restrictions because you will be nourishing your body with positive reinforcement, self-improvement, and a healthy relationship with food. Every day can feel like "food-freedom" when you learn what your body is truly asking for. Fad diets, crash diets, and fitness trends fade away; don't make your eating habits trendy, make them unique to your own preferences. Take special effort in creating a lasting lifestyle change that will benefit your growing mind and body by finding the middle ground surrounding your own energy. Balance. It doesn't have to be strict and rigorous, it can be spontaneous and really exciting. I will leave you with my all-time favorite cookbook co-written by Alaena Haber, it's called, "The Healing Kitchen". But before I go, can you do me a solid and always believe in your yourself with the highest affirmations? Will you follow your passions and the stick to the belief behind your decisions? Kick those feelings of guilt to the curb and begin eating with a purpose---eat to nourish your mind, your body, and your soul and you will never go hungry.

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